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This week is craziness. I just finished up a to-do list with approximately 475 items to complete before Friday. Ha! Really, many of these are non-negotiable, must get done things. I have some items for my dad that need to be done, both for him personally as well as the behind-the-scenes of managing his affairs. I have several major church things happening this week, including a brief speaking assignment at one of them (and although it's brief, preparation is still required). The primary is in charge of the ward Halloween party Saturday night, so this week is the time to pull together all the details and follow-up on assignments. Speaking of Halloween, this week is the start of parties and for some ridiculous reason I, the non-crafty/not-so-much-a-seamstress/cheap mom decided to put together my kids costumes myself. But now the deadline for said costumes is looming and I've still got to finish things up. Every year I say I won't do this to myself again, and every year here I am. Too cheap to buy the costume they desire ($30?!? I somehow think I can always do it for less), but kicking my own butt when I'm reaching for crafty genes I just don't possess to complete projects that I usually don't have time for. I've been working on pieces of the costumes all month, so I'm also slightly surprised that I still have so much to do- I thought I was on it this time!
And then I set the to-do list aside for a minute and thought about my kids. Miss A has had a wide range of emotions lately, letting me know how much she really needs me right now. De-Man was bored to tears today while I checked off some to-do list items, and bored to tears with him equates to naughtiness. Somehow I need to up the fun factor while I'm trying to get things done. Really, he just wants me to sit down and play legos and watch him do his "math problems" (which translates to him asking what 16 plus 16 is and then writing down fairly illegibly 16+16=32 in his journal). The muffin is needy in his own way right now and probably needs a visit to the doctor. We've been re-introducing dairy which was going fairly well until I think I went too far- yogurt may have been slightly more than he was ready for. He's got the worst diaper rash to date from any of my kids, and so far nothing is touching it (product recommendations welcome).
Thinking about my kids and my to-do list makes the week feel impossible. But I know that somehow things will get done. There is help to be found all around me, and particularly help from above. My goal for the week at this point is to keep myself focused enough to not let things get done at the expense of my kids. Sometimes they have to be patient with me as things must get done- I think it's part of family life and ok for them to learn that part of sacrifice/helping out. But sometimes my ever-present to-do list needs to get shelved so I can be there for them. I have to make sacrifices, too. And I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity every day to sacrifice for them. I sure love these three.
For a few more thoughts on priorities, this talk is one of my favorites. This quote is one that comes to mind frequently for me: "When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for our affection, the demands on our time, the interests we pursue, and the order of our priorities."